1964 1/2 Ford Mustang Convertible
Let’s take a walk down memory lane!! It is March 9, 1964 and Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, is starting production of the all new Mustang. To say that Ford people are excited is a large understatement. “This is the car you never expected from Detroit”. That was Ford’s slogan when preparing for their debut of the Mustang on April 17, 1964.
Approximately 16,000 Mustangs were made between March 9th and April 17, 1964. On the first day of sales, Ford was already 6,000 cars behind. Ford sold 22,000 Mustangs in one day!! They already had a waiting list for cars after the first day. At 9:30 PM on April 16th, Ford aired TV’s first “infomercial”, unveiling the new Mustang simultaneously on ABC, CBS and NBC in a series of commercials. It is estimated that 29 million people watched these commercials. The media blitz continued on Friday morning and throughout the weekend in 2,600 newspapers with stories and advertisements. By the time Ford Dealers opened their door on Friday April 17th, crowds were surrounding the dealerships. The United States was in a complete frenzy over the new Mustangs.
This created some interesting scenarios in dealerships. No actual fights broke out, but in Garland, Texas there was a unique scenario. The dealer only had one car left so he decided the only fair thing to do was have a bidding war on the car. There were 15 people bidding on this one car. The man who bid the highest insisted on spending the night in the car until e check cleaned his bank. He did not want to lose that car.
All of the Mustangs made at the beginning of production were hardtops and convertibles mostly with either 6 cylinder or the base V-8 production engines. This particular Mustang is an extremely RARE Mustang as it had the most powerful engine you could get until Ford came out with the solid lifter 271HP motor in June 1964 which was the motor that powered the 65-67 Shelby GT350’s. This more powerful engine was a 289 cu. Inch engine with a 4bbl carb. This particular car has the 289 with a 4 BBL carb producing 210 HP. The “F” Code 260 V/8 with 2 BLL carb made 164 HP. Quite a bit of difference. This designation of D code was only used for the 64 ½ year cars. In 1965 they raised the compression and called it an A code engine. There are numerous items on the '64 cars that are not on any other car. The most prevalent are the mounting of the cars horns to the frame rails of the car and the fact that they are much larger than the regular Mustang horns. I have a picture of one of these horns for you to see.
There is a great deal more information I can tell you about these very unique Mustangs but I will stop right now and tell you about this amazing car. The gentleman that owned this Mustang was very dedicated to this car and always keeping it in tip-top shape. We have a binder on this car with probably not all receipts but certainly most of them. The total in the binder for receipts is $20,700 plus the $9,500 dollars he spent to have a fantastic paint job applied to it. As you can see it is very straight. The interior is also extremely nice and he had the rare 1964 1/2 seat belts sent to Snake Oil to be restored. They look incredible right down to the condition as the Ford installed on them at the factory. Since the interior looked so nice we pulled the console from the car and cleaned and primed and re-painted everything that needed to be done and now it looks incredible. It even has the end cap that the factory uses when they cut the long consoles. (The non-A/C cars.)
These figures DO NOT count his initial purchase of the car which was for $27,500. This Mustang has all the nuances that was on the very unique cars and I would be more than happy to talk to you about the car myself if you will call me.
Since this car was already in such phenomenal shape, I personally decided to detail the engine compartment to make it look as good as it could. I kept track of all the work that we did on the engine compartment and it took close to 70 hours. It is very time consuming to do this and you need also to know what you are doing. I am hoping that whomever buys this car will show it as it has the potential to do quite well at car shows. There are many items I may have not remembered to tell you that have been done. I DID just remember one item; the tires are new. This car drives incredibly well and you should have a great time driving it around and showing it to everyone. The air conditioning actually works on the car which is a big plus. It is a car that basically has almost all options on it. Here we go: power steering (correct 64 ½ Eaton pump mounted on the fender which the factory did to all A/C cars), power brakes, style steel wheels, power top, AM-FM stereo (Non-factory) but easily converted to factory AM radio of you wish, Automatic transmission, plus short A/C console, seat belts front and rear.
Right now there does not seem to be much separation between as 1964 ½ car and 1965/66 cars. I believe strongly that this will change dramatically over the years to come. I have a very good track record on significant cars that I have owned. The list is too long for this discussion. But, the point is that I have been able to predict coming trends based on the past 47 years of experience. Two examples of the significant cars is the 1965 GT 350 “R” Model that won the National Championship in 1966 driven by Walt Hane and the other is an even more significant Shelby Daytona Coupe # CSX2601 which scored more points than any other car in 1965 to win the World Manufacturers Championship for Ford and the United States.
To summarize, this convertible is a very nice car to drive and it is nice enough right now to be taken anywhere and enjoyed or displayed for others to admire. I do not care what kind of car show you take this Mustang to; I would be extremely surprised if there was another 1964 1/2 Convertible at the show period and certainly not one with all of the options on this rare D code car. Don’t miss this one!
Steve - 281-531-9090 or firstname.lastname@example.org